Looking Back in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

70 Years Ago

August 1946

Robert Kalseim, Jr. has received his discharge from the Navy and is back home after spending nine months in Guam.

Wallis Gandrup, John Michaelson and Donald Henderson were recently discharged from the Navy and are now at home.

Si Johnson has sold his residence to P.O. Peterson and is preparing to move to Knoxville. Johnson has operated the Standard Oil tank wagon service here for the past five years and is taking over a similar job in Knoxville.

George Dyvik and Ray Duff have leased the Alsager meat market, which the Alsager brothers have conducted for the past 42 years. Eric and Olai Alsager will be associated with the grocery department of the Pioneer store from now on.

Magne Idse was the principal winner in the amateur section of the Gladiolus Show in Ames Saturday (Aug. 10). His entries brought him both the Kaiser Memorial Cup and the Ames Gladiolus Society trophy.

The 3rd Annual Story City Horse Show on Friday (Aug. 16) attracted several thousand people. A total of 150 entries in 15 classes proved that the horse is far from being extinct.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sunnes recently gave $20,000 to the Sunset Home, partly to provide care for themselves at the home and partly as a donation to the building fund.

Hubert Craig Doolittle left Friday (Aug. 16) for pre-induction examination into the Army at Fort Snelling, MN.

Beverly Sowers and Shirley Travase attended the Future Homemakers of America Leadership Conference August 11-14 at Iowa State College in Ames.

60 Years Ago

August 1956

Construction of the new Story City Farmer’s Coop grain elevator is nearly complete, with the completion last week (from the Aug. 2 issue) of the 44 foot headhouse towering on top of the 165 foot giant elevator. The project started earlier this year. The structure will be ready for corn on August 15.

Story City will have a natural gas line by early fall after representatives of the Peoples’ Gas Co. of Omaha met with members of the Story City council Friday (July 27). The company will also operate a retail store.

Pvt. Robert Wicks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Wicks, is scheduled to leave the U.S. August 15 for Europe as a member of the 8th Infantry Division, replacing the 9th in Germany.

Story City’s building boom continues. John Ose reports two more houses under contract and started. Howard Faulkner is building a home at the corner of 8th and Park in the Wier Addition. The Sunset Home Superintendent will get a new home just west of the home. This brings to more than $125,000 the homes under construction by John and Joel Ose and their gang of builders.

Story City men Sylvan Skeie and Harold Carpenter each won a pair of championships at the Hamilton County Fair’s open class horse competition on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The Story City Frette Truck Line, owned by Otis Frette, bought the “Punkin’” Fjelland Trucking business of Huxley last week (from the Aug. 16 issue). Otis commenced his trucking company 21 years ago, beginning with just one truck in 1935. The local company now operates nine semi-trailer units.

The 40 foot barn on the Art Hovick farm at 232 Hillcrest Drive on the southeast edge of Story City burned to the ground Sunday afternoon (Aug. 12). Lightning struck, causing the fire damage estimated at $4,000.

Mrs. Alfred Jacobson attended an organ institute at St. Olaf College recently.

Charlene Bergeson and Ann Marie Bergeson, both of Story City, were among the graduates of Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing at graduation exercises held on August 22 at the First Lutheran Church in Des Moines.

Milford Romsey was one of three winners of the Soil Conservation Achievement Awards contest sponsored recently by the Story County Bankers’ Association.

The E.R. Opplinger family has moved from Webster City into the S.L. Bielefedt residence at 304 Grand. Opplinger is the manager of the Northern Gas Co., which opened an office in the J.H. Mackey building on east Broad Street, formerly occupied by the Johnson Studio.

Robert L. Moore is the new superintendent of schools at Story City. A 1941 graduate of Wesley High School, Moore spent five years in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer. Before coming to Story City in 1955 he coached at Conway and Colo, Iowa.

Harry Gandrup of Iowa City, formerly of Story City, has purchased the Berka Drug Store in Nevada, and takes possession Monday, Sept. 3.

Sgt. Edward Rodilosso, Jr. arrived by plane from Iceland August 21 to spend a 16-day furlough with his wife, the former Leona Johnson.

Story City has the biggest boom since the 1920s. A dozen houses have been started this year, and are under way or actually occupied now.A half dozen basements have been dug the past few weeks and are waiting for their cement and tile walls.

Lewis Springman has been selected to represent Grace Evangelical Church in Story City as a delegate to the National Conference of Young Churchmen at Lakeside, OH September 3-6.

Mrs. A.L. Born has sold her residence, now occupied by the Leslie Jacobson family, to Selmer Sansgaard of the Rosendale community.